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Food Drive Thursdays Returns: Receive 2 for 1 Admission


Guests Can Help Local Food Banks and Receive 2 for 1 Admission to Festival of Lights

The holiday season is here, and with that comes the season forgiving. Food Drive Thursdays at Moody Gardens offers guests the opportunity to enjoy Festival of Lights at a special admission discount in recognition of helping those who are in need this holiday season.

Every Thursday night in December visitors can bring a non-perishable food item and receive 2-for-1 admission to the Festival of Lights. All donations will benefit the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

“We love that Festival of Lights has become part of the holidays for many families each year,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “In light of every challenge that this year has presented, we are pleased to be able to offer guests the opportunity to help others, while enjoying the holidays with a discount for their own family in the process.”

The one-mile Festival of Lights walking trail, decked with over two million lights and filled with sound-enhanced lighted and animated displays themed to everyone’s favorite holiday music is one of several holiday attractions at Moody Gardens. Other attractions include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer playing in the 4D Theater, other holiday 3D films, the Arctic Slide and train rides, fireside s’mores, evening cruises aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat on select nights, and plenty of dining and hotel options, including Breakfast with Santa.

Admission to the Festival of Lights is $22 per person on regular nights and $18 on select Value Days. The Value Days are every Sunday – Thursday between Nov. 28 – Dec. 16. Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions open at 6 p.m. nightly and close at 9 p.m. on Value Days and 10 p.m. regularly. Moody Gardens’ year-round attractions open at 10 a.m. daily. Parking is free and admission to all attractions is free for children 3 and under.

For more information, including ticket and hotel package options, please visit

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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